Agriculture Cabinet secretary Peter Munya says an increase in pests is hampering food production amid the country’s increasing population.
Currently a pest invasion has suppressed the country’s food security and is now a threat to agricultural exports.
The CS also cites the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease, fall armyworm and false Codling moth among those pests posing a threat to exports from Kenya and Africa as a whole.
peaking during the national validation workshop for the plant Protection Bill 2021 and regulations, Munya noted the high import bill is partly due to the increase in pests over the last two years.
In addition, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) managing director Theophilus Mutui said the new bill is meant to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of pests through plants and plants products.